by Josh Vanek
Let's start with some airing of truths: I'm a former co-worker and current friend of Chris Bolin, who's reading from his new book of poetry this Friday, November 8th, 7:00 PM at Shakespeare and Co. in Missoula. Additionally, I'm not what you'd call much of a fan of poetry. I love economy, and the music of some of it, sure, and were it called "short writin'" or "dense-words" instead, I might allow more time for it. But, hey, this isn't about me, is it! It's about Bolin, who's got a new book out, and who will be reading from and signing that book this week. Normally, he doesn't look as errrr, heavily-coated as he does in this promo photo.
Bolin was a long-time and (unfortunately) now former Missoulian, who went away first to Iowa, then to New York and who now teaches full-time in Minnesota. While I knew writing was his deal pretty much as long as I've known him, I hadn't really delved much into it. Well, the little bit I read on Amazon has my interest piqued. I screen-shotted a page of it, figuring it's from the preview section... so it should be alright.
I plan to give Garth and Shakespeare and Co.my business, and not Amazon by the way. What I've always appreciated about Chris is how observant the guy is. Keen on human interaction, interplay of ideas and the nuances that end up defining life. So, for those reasons, I'm pretty fascinated to dig thoroughly into this new Ascension Theory book.
So, if you hadn't guessed, as a fellow all about broadening his horizons, I plan to attend. And to limit my requesting of "FREE BIRD" loudly between poems. UM Professor Brady Harrison starts things off.